I am in awe of this novel. So clever, so creative, so unlike anything I've ever read before. It's an extremely meaty reading experience, for lack of a...moreI am in awe of this novel. So clever, so creative, so unlike anything I've ever read before. It's an extremely meaty reading experience, for lack of a better word; the richness of backstory detail made this novel unlike anything I'd ever read. It made me think about how wide the world is, and as a writer, it made me think about how I need to get out of my comfort zone when I think about the possibilities of what has happened to my characters, and what can happen to them.
The narrator is just ... everything. Such a distinctive voice, funny and tragic and wonderful and infuriating and just, wow.
I am not generally one to read violent literature, and let's just say this is a tad violent. I loved it anyway. I don't know that it will make me read more violent stuff, but I will say that I forgave the violence immediately and happily. This is not for the faint of heart; sex and violence rules. The honesty of the voice makes both feel the opposite of gratuitous. It's just necessary.
I am so curious to see how other people react to this book. Mostly, you just have to read the thing. Now. Stop what you're doing and buy this book. When it comes out, I mean.(less)
It's hard to say that this was my favorite book of the series, because, truthfully, whatever book I was reading at the time was my favorite. I will sa...moreIt's hard to say that this was my favorite book of the series, because, truthfully, whatever book I was reading at the time was my favorite. I will say that this book was the most moving of the three, the most deeply touching, the one that made me cry the most. Felton is a classic character for me, one that will stay with me always. Andrew as well. I thought the author did an amazing job of continually surprising me plot-wise, to the point that I didn't see coming all of the inevitable things that happened. And at the same time, what will stay with me most are the messages of this book, the messages about how to live, and what life is about. I don't want to say more because I don't want to spoil it. Read this book! Read this series in order, and end with this book! You'll be glad you did.(less)
It's hard for me to put into words my feeling about this book. But since I'm a writer, I suppose I ought to try.
I have been a fan of David's work for...moreIt's hard for me to put into words my feeling about this book. But since I'm a writer, I suppose I ought to try.
I have been a fan of David's work for a while now. I have been awed by his ability to churn out impressive novel after novel and to cover so much unique ground in such a relatively short time. But this novel is really a game-changer. I mean that both for David's career and for LGBTQ literature in general.
Even though I am a YA author, I really reacted to this book as a gay man who is 42, who grew up amid the AIDS crisis in New York. To have those feelings brought back and juxtaposed with the relative hope of this new generation was exceedingly powerful to me. I found myself sobbing reading this book. I have not sobbed so much reading a book in -- ever? It's certainly been years at the very least. A few weeks ago, while at a writing conference in Portland, I spoke about the book during a seminar I was giving about LGBTQ lit and I started to tear up just talking about it.
There is so much beauty here in this prose. I am generally not a fan of "We" narratives, but for some reason this one didn't bother me in the least. I didn't find it jarring, and I didn't find it took me out of the narrative. Perhaps it's because I know this "We." This voice sounded authentic to me. I didn't doubt for a second the authority of the narrative, and that's not easy when the narrator is intended to be a Greek Chorus of dead folks.
I have been telling all my gay friends who are my age or older that they need to buy this book as soon as it comes out. I think it will strongly appeal to those of us who have lost so many friends and loved ones. I simply cannot answer the question of how a young gay person will respond to this book, but I'm so excited to find out!
Simply a game changer in the genre. To my relatively discerning eye, the finest gay YA novel ever.(less)